Grocery store owners want to run a business that is profitable, as well as one that it safe for both customers and employees. By nature, however, the retail grocery environment comes with its own set of unique risks. Grocery and convenience stores generate billions in revenue, employ millions of employees, sees an endless stream of customers and houses billions in products. All of these traits make it a vulnerable environment. Here are some critical tips for better grocery store security.
Understand Your Risks
Security is a huge challenge for most grocery stores. It is fast-moving, public, and filled with visual barriers. Crimes such as robbery, burglary, vandalism, and violence are growing increasingly common. Unfortunately, no store no matter the size or location is vulnerable. Understand your risks. Have a security evaluation of your facility, and talk to local law enforcement about crimes common in the area. Talk to other businesses and find out what they face as security challenges and gather as much data as possible.
Develop a Security Management Plan
Don’t just call the security company and have them put up security cameras and access control systems and stop there. Have a systematic plan for your security that meets the needs you have discovered by investigating your risks further. Think about various scenarios and develop a security management plan for at least the most common or serious problems such as theft and violence. Once you have the plan and tools in place, make sure each employee knows the plan and can respond in an emergency.
Install the Right Electronic Security Solutions
A proper video surveillance and CCTV system is the most effective weapon in the grocery store owner’s arsenal but how well it serves them depends on getting the right system, and the right components in the right places. It is a complex science with endless variables, and something is best done by a professional. Here are some points to keep in mind as you consider grocery store security technologies.
- Install wide viewing cameras on the ceiling and in corners to get a sweeping view of the area.
- Opt into night vision security cameras for parking lots, loading areas, and around the outside of the building.
- Cover POS and other sensitive areas with video surveillance.
- Install at least one pan-tilt-zoom camera to have the best possible view and control.
- Choose a smart security system that provides remote viewing and control.
Owning or operating a grocery or convenience store is challenging but the right security system can address many of those challenges. S-Tron helps retail businesses across the nation with a proven, time-tested for delivery, installation, and support.
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